It didn't come easy, but it did come in spectacular fashion, as M-1 Global light heavyweight champ Vinny Magalhaes scored a third-round stoppage of impressive challenger Mikhail Zayats. Magalhaes survived some early challenges from his foe before landing a crushing high kick that ultimately led to the finish.
In the third, Magalhaes finally came alive, scoring with a spectacular right high kick to the neck as he ducked away. Zayats dropped to his knees, and a few punches sealed the result for the submission specialist at the 73-second mark of the third round.
Magalhaes now has four consecutive wins. Zayats sees a four-fight win streak snapped.
M-1 Challenge: Magalhaes vs. Zayats
Grand Canyon University Arena
Main card aired on Showtime
Main Card (Showtime)
Champ Vinny Magalhaes def. Mikhail Zayats via TKO (strikes) - Round 3, 1:13 - to retain light heavyweight title
Kenny Garner def. Maxim Grishin via submission (punches) - Round 5, 4:07 - to become interim heavyweight champion
Arthur Guseinov def. Eddie Arizmendi via submission (heel hook) - Round 1, 0:50
Yasubey Enomoto def. Josh Thorpe via submission (triangle choke) - Round 1, 1:07
Daniel Madrid def. Tom Gallicchio via submission (armbar) - Round 1, 0:48
Prelim Card (not televised)
Michael Chavez def Joe Martinez via split decision
Ryan Crouch def. Fredrik Lumpkin via TKO (punches) Rd 2
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